Kingswood was designed in the 1920’s by James Braid and had further work undertaken in 2008 by Howard Swan to lengthen the course so that they could host bigger tournaments. The course is very tight in places and requires good course management to produce a decent score. The long hitter or those who are wild from the tee will not do well here. Driving the ball well is pivotal as many of the holes move either left to right or right to left so it is easy to run out of room. That being said there are 4 par 5’s, all reachable in two so compiling a good score revolves around playing these well. Kingswood has some good holes such as the second a long downhill par 4 that swings from right to left before leaving an uphill approach to a sloping green. The 7th is a nice short par three set slightly above the player and is surrounded by bunkers. 13 is a tough downhill par 4 that dog legs severely from right to left before leaving a mid iron approach to a green that runs away from the player. The finishing hole again sweeps from right to left although it is easy to run through this dogleg so you must draw the ball from the tee. The green situated directly outside the clubhouse is slightly raised well protected by bunkers. Kingswood is unlucky in the fact that it is located in Surrey and has such strong competition but it provides a less expensive option than most in the area.
Date: April 23, 2020